What is a first look? A first look is when the bride and groom see each other before the ceremony. It’s an intimate moment shared between the bride and groom only, ideally in a private setting. It’s the grand reveal when the bride and groom see each other for the first time. Following the first look we will begin shooting bride and groom portraits. You will both feel relaxed and have great energy after this special moment which is perfect when transitioning into your bride and groom portraits!
What are the pros of doing a first look? There’s kind of a lot…
- Since you will see each other before the ceremony this means we can get ALL of your photos out of the way beforehand (or at least the majority of them.) <<< This is awesome! Why is that exciting? Because that means you can actually enjoy your wedding and cocktail hour to mingle with your guests instead of taking photos for an hour and a half after the ceremony.
- First looks utilize the time before your ceremony for photos so you can maximize the time after your ceremony enjoying your wedding with friends + family. In other words, you won’t have FOMO at your own wedding!
- If you’re a ‘Nervous Nelly’ then you’ll want to do a first look to help ease your anxiety. Most couples find it comforting to see each other before the ceremony.
- First looks are especially beneficial for couples who are getting married in fall or winter because there’s less daylight. If your ceremony is from 4:30-5:00pm and the sun sets 30 minutes later at 5:30pm…then that’s a big problem. You’ll need about 1.5 hours of daylight after your ceremony if you do NOT do a first look.
- If you think we won’t have time for sunset photos, well think again. I always take time to sneak away for some quick bride + groom sunset portraits! <<< This is optional and up to you but it’s always a yes for me!
- If you think your groom won’t cry because you’re not flowing towards him down the aisle, think again! Couples are more likely to cry and be open with their emotions in a private setting rather than having anxiety in front of all their guests.
- We don’t have to play ‘hide the bride from the groom’ all day, and this can be a challenging hassle. Usually a lot of time gets wasted running around telling people who can’t be found to stay put.
- As the bride, your hair + makeup will be fresh as a daisy for the first look and for your bride + groom portraits immediately following the first look.
What are the cons of doing a first look? The cons of doing a first look are for those who are very traditional because they want to see each other for the first time coming down the aisle, and they value this special moment the most. You’ll also have a little more time to sleep in and get ready (but with wedding eve jitters, who gets any sleep the night before anyways?) If seeing each other for the first time on the aisle is very important to you just make sure you have enough time + light after your ceremony (about 1.5 hours) and put your FOMO blinders on. Mentally prepare to venture away from the crowd. <<< Hopefully you’ve selected a venue that has space to venture away, otherwise you may be taking all your photos with haggling guests nearby.
Should I do a first look? This is something you will have to decide and weigh the pros + cons. Ask yourself, what’s most important to you? Whether you choose to do a first look or not, just make sure there’s enough time + light after your ceremony (about 1.5 hours).
What if I don’t want to do a first look? Then don’t! Just make sure there’s enough time + light after your ceremony (about 1.5 hours).
What types of first looks are there? The most popular type of first look is the one between the bride + groom, however there’s also a first look between the bride + her father, or the bride and her bridesmaids.